Founder, Executive Director
For more than 22 years, Shayne Gallagher has provided healing wilderness experiences for adolescents, young adults, and families. With his deep understanding of the innate therapeutic effects of a wilderness experience on the healing of young people, Shayne has become...
Founder, Director of Operations
Sheri was born in Utah, however, typical of military families, her family moved a lot. The longest she lived in one place was 2½ years, which was in Mississippi. Her favorite places are Queens Fort in Rhode Island, Yuma, AZ, Kailua, HI and Fallbrook CA..
Assistant Operations Director
With the exception of a two-year period in which Blaine spent performing service in Argentina, Blaine has worked continuously in the Wilderness Therapy industry since 1988. He began as a wilderness therapy field instructor and has more than 1500 "trail days" under his belt..
Erin Grover, LCSW, MSW
Erin Grover has spent the last ten years helping individuals and families grow and make positive changes. During her eight years in the wilderness-therapy industry she has served as a field instructor, field director, and assistant operations director. Erin holds a Master's..
Scott Hess, MA, LMFT
Partner, Primary Therapist
Scott Hess began his career as a marriage and family therapist in 1996, working with juvenile sex offenders in locked facilities. That experience helped Scott discover and develop his profound gift for getting to the heart of core issues with even the most calloused clients..
Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH
My experience treating adults, adolescents, children and families in Hospital Acute mental health (MH) and addiction (AD), Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient MH and AD, Residential Addiction Treatment, Wilderness Therapy, and Individual and Group therapy allows..
Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC
Danielle has been lucky enough to work with adolescents and young adults in a wide range of settings for the last 6 years. Originally starting out in a residential setting, Danielle learned quickly how healing it is for clients to work in nature as well as with animals..
I have worked in the social service field for over 25 years. For the earlier part of my career I was primarily administration over developing staff and programs. In addition to my responsibilities in my local area, I served on Mental Health Alliance Board of Utah..
Mary began her studies in the counseling field with the intention of supporting others in personal growth and discovery through the use of alternative and creative therapies, and has continued to find power and meaning in the creative opportunities that wilderness..
Dale Christensen, MD
Dr. Dale Christensen has been practicing emergency medicine for over 15 years and is currently a staff physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. He joined our team in 2012 when one of his partners and mentors, Dr. Keith Hooker, a pioneer, long-time consultant..
Jake Roberts, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jake's formal education consists of an AS Degree from Dixie State University, a BSN Degree from Southern Utah University, and a MSN Degree, a APRN Psychiatric, and BC from the University of Utah. Jake is also a licensed APRN in the State of Utah. His work experience consists..
Christopher Black, BSN, RN
Director of Admissions
Chris had his first experience of wilderness in high school. He signed up for a week long survival course in the Escalante area of Utah. He loved it so much he did it the following year as well. His sister was sent to a wilderness program in Arizona where he was introduced..
Paula L. Riggs, MA
Paula L. Riggs has spent more than a 15 years working with at risk youth and families in multiple environments. She is an experienced Admissions Counselor and Director in therapeutic middle schools, high schools, as well as young adult treatment facilities and Outdoor..
Michael had his first experience working with at risk youth as an intern helping to find emergency shelter for runaway and homeless teens in San Diego. He also helped manage a team of grass-root workers with a goal to reach out to local schools..